February 17th, 2009
Have you ever clicked on “Daily Inspiration” on the home page of www.ananda.org? If you have, you’ll have seen a saying taken from the book Do It Now! (Do It Well, as of August 2009), probably with a related talk by Swami Kriyananda. The sayings are short, inspiring, and extremely practical.
I suppose there’s some cosmic law at work here, but I’ve noticed that the more energetically I apply the sayings to my life, the more they are appropriate to my daily circumstances. Another way of putting this is: when I apply them, they apply to me.
This comes and goes in phases. At least once or twice, a day’s saying has been shockingly apropos. A perfect example is the following story, which occurred during one of those times when the sayings are consistently applicable to my daily life.
Some months ago, a choice had to be made regarding one of Ananda’s web sites. The outcome was ultimately out of my hands, but it still seemed very important to me. The decision would happen during a Friday morning meeting, and I was attached to a particular option. (That attachment was blinding me to the full range of possibilities.)
The morning of the meeting, I woke up, and, as is my habit, read the day’s saying from Do It Now!.
“May 21. Whenever it is convenient, turn the palms of your hands upward. You’ll develop attitudes of relaxation and acceptance.”
“Uh-oh,” I thought.
During the meeting, I expressed my thoughts, and others expressed theirs. By the end, the right decision had been made… but not the one I originally wanted.
The quote from the morning, however, was very helpful. I kept my palms upraised when I could think to do so. It was such a small thing – the least I could do – but it was a conscious decision to move in the right direction and let go of attachment. As I did so, I could almost feel God’s blessing, working through that tiny action to help keep my mind and heart open.
In time – even in those moments – everything turned out for the best. The option we chose, together, has proven to be a good one. It was painful, but now I can only look back and feel gratitude for spiritual growth.
That was God’s grace. That is His love. Through my small steps in the right direction, He was able to help me, in time, to break my attachment, and move onward into a place of peace.
Posts from Nabha Cosley
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- Steve Jobs and the Autobiography of a Yogi
- My First Prayer Was About a Cat
- An Open Letter to Myself Before My Move to Ananda Village
- Day by Day
- The Prayer of Discipleship
- It’s Never Too Late
- “I Will” – A Tribute to Nayaswami Maria
- Behind the Scenes of the “Rescuing Yogananda” Website
- The Trip to Los Angeles
- Are We Ready for This?
- My First Three Months of Meditation
- Much More is Needed
- The Joy of Renunciation – What I’m Telling My Family About My Lifetime Monastic Vows
- Why Be Grateful? — Thoughts from Thanksgiving
- Writing Swami Kriyananda’s Website
- No Regrets
- What Makes Something a Success? (The Story of an Ananda-Style Photo Shoot)
- Daily Inspiration
- The Job of the Guru
- Ananda’s Future
- Dramatic Improvisation for Fun and Spiritual Upliftment
- Smoke, Clouds; Moods, Depression; and Freedom
- How Living in Spiritual Community is Changing the Way I See the World
- The Deer of Ananda Village
- My Parents Visit Ananda Village
- Why I Became a Monk
- Every Kriya Can Take Us To God
- Tea with Swami Kriyananda
- Life is Precious
- Paintings from the Joyful Arts Festival
- Prayer Vigil for Swami Kriyananda
- How to Build a Monastery
- The Easiest Way to God
- Traveling Within in India, Part 2: Our Visit to Vanamali Devi
- Traveling Within in India: Our Pilgrimage to Rishikesh, Part 1
- How to Start Meditating Daily
- Sweetness, Sincerity, and Swami Kriyananda
- Meditating in India
- What is Ananda?
- Thanksgiving blessings, and a way to develop gratitude
- Tibetan Buddhists visit the Ananda Meditation Retreat